Suminwa Tuluka becomes first female Prime Minister of DR Congo

Suminwa Tuluka becomes first female Prime Minister of DR Congo

President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday, April 1,  appointed Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the nation’s first female

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President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Monday, April 1,  appointed Judith Suminwa Tuluka as the nation’s first female prime minister.

This move signals a notable advancement towards gender equality in Congolese politics.

Tuluka, a former planning minister, assumes her new role at a critical time for the nation, particularly in the conflict-ridden eastern region.

In her inaugural address, Prime Minister Tuluka pledged to prioritize peace and development efforts.

She expressed deep concern for the millions affected by ongoing violence and vowed to seek sustainable solutions to the crisis.

However, Tuluka’s appointment coincides with the task of forming a new government, which is expected to involve negotiations with various political factions.

Her appointment signifies a significant breakthrough in Congolese politics, offering hope for greater inclusivity and representation in governance.

In eastern Congo, the situation remains dire, with numerous armed groups competing for control and perpetuating instability.

President Tshisekedi, who secured reelection for a second term in December, has reaffirmed his commitment to addressing the root causes of the violence.

He has accused neighboring Rwanda of supporting rebel groups in eastern Congo, an allegation Rwanda vehemently denies.

Meanwhile the United States has urged restraint from both Congo and Rwanda, emphasizing the importance of diplomatic dialogue to prevent further escalation of tensions.

The US State Department also stressed the need for regional cooperation and the withdrawal of foreign troops from Congolese territory.

However, Prime Minister Judith Suminwa Tuluka’s appointment marks a historic milestone in Congolese politics, highlighting the significance of gender equality and women’s empowerment in national leadership.